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What God Has Always Wanted [Hardcover]

By Charles F. Boyd (Author) & Dennis Davis (Illustrator)
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This isn't just a children's book. This book is for parents--parents who care deeply about passing on a legacy of faith in Christ. What God Has Always Wanted, helps children understand the simple Gospel message: God desires to live in friendship with the people He created, now and forever. It gives the big-picture story of the Bible, from Genesis through Revelation.

Did you know that what God has always wanted is for you to become one of His friends?

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This isn't just a children's book. This book is for parents - parents who care deeply about passing on a legacy of faith in Christ. Parents who invite their children to "ask Jesus into your heart."

But what does that phrase really mean? And is it biblical? In my role as pastor and parent, I've found that when asked, many children don't understand that this phrase is symbolic. Jesus does not step into their chests to live there.

Seeing this disconnect between a grown-up's metaphor and a child's understanding, I wrote What God Has Always Wanted. It helps children understand the simple Gospel message: God desires to live in friendship with the people He created, now and forever. It gives the big-picture story of the Bible, from Genesis through Revelation.

Did you know that what God has always wanted is for you to become one of his friends?

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If a child asked, "What's the Bible all about?" how would you answer? This could be more difficult than you think..."Uh, well, the Bible is about...God, Jesus, sin, salvation...going to heaven...being good...doctrine." All those are important, yet none qualify as the Bible's "big idea."

Part of the problem is how we've come to view the Bible. We see sixty-six separate books instead of one story--God's Story. Because we've not been clear on this ourselves, we've not been able to make it clear to our children. As a result, kids raised in the church hear a lot of Bible stories. But rarely do they see how these fit together into one story. In other words, we teach Bible stories, but not the Bible's Story.

So what is the Bible all about? Simply this -- God wants to live in friendship (relationship) with us both now and forever. We see this in Genesis where God walked in the garden with Adam and Eve and in Revelation: "Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them" (Revelation 21:3).

What God Has Always Wanted highlights God's desire to live with His people using a kid-friendly storyline. This overview of the Bible will help you and your child see what the Bible is really all about.
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Studio: Family Life Publishing
Pages   22
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.7" Width: 11.02" Height: 0.3"
Weight:   0.77 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 2006
Publisher   FAMILY LIFE #678
Age  4-8
ISBN  1572297255  
ISBN13  9781572297258  

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More About Charles F. Boyd & Dennis Davis

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Charles Boyd is the teaching pastor at Southside Fellowship church in Greenville, South Carolina, and the author of "Different Children, Different Needs" which has sold more than 100,000 copies and has been translated into several languages. He and his wife, Karen, have three children.

Charles F. Boyd was born in 1954.

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Great book!  Apr 14, 2008
Really enjoyed this book! Most adults-- never mind kids-- don't have a sense of how the bits and pieces of the Bible fit together into an integrated whole. Boyd addresses this need for children in a thoughtful and powerful way. Children will be able to get a sense of the big picture of Revelation, having a new frame of reference for all the little pictures they see when the many and diverse biblical stories come before their eyes.
FANTASTICK BOOK!!  Dec 4, 2007
i am 26 years old and this book really reached out and grabbed me. even though it's a 'kids' book, don't be deceived. all walks and all ages can benefit from giving this one a read. the way 'what God has always wanted' is written takes the Gospel message from beginning to end and translates it on a child's level without diluting it!! the amazing thing is that after reading it, i didn't feel like anything was lost or looked over in the very fundamental truths addressed. i felt as though i had taken a step out of critical and opposing theological points of views and various other 'issues' that are haggled over and debated in many of the circles i find myself in, and gotten back in touch with the core message of what the Bible is saying to us. all that to say, this is an EXCELLENT children's book that i plan on reading to my kids one day, but will continue reading for myself, the 26 year old, until that day comes.
Wonderful  Sep 30, 2007
I purchased this book for my children because it tells the story of the bible from beginning to end in a way that can be comprehended by even the youngest of children. This book is helpful for the adult as well, because it help's us what God's intentions are. This is a wonderful way to share Gods Way's with your children. I plan to give this book as a gift, and to keep my copy for my future grandchildren. This is book is a keeper.
A Great Resource for Adults, too!  Jun 6, 2007
I've given this book to several parents with young children, and the parents seem to benefit as much as their children! Why? The story line of the Bible is unfamiliar to alot of adults -- even adults who read the Bible regularly or attend a Bible study group. They may have a good grasp of Bible books like Psalms or Romans. But it's a challenge to see the big picture. Boyd's book provides the 'big picture' view for children and adults.
A different kind of Bible book for kids  Feb 1, 2007
In Postmodern Children's Ministry, Ivy Beckwith writes of the danger of reducing the Bible to "doctrinal tenets, moral absolutes, tips for better living, or stories of heroes to be emulated." Instead of using the Bible to "teach children moral lessons...we need the Bible to introduce children to God, God's story, and God's ways."

That's why I was excited to discover Charles F. Boyd's book, What God Has Always Wanted: The Bible's Big Idea from Genesis through Revelation. It answers the question, "What's the Bible about anyway?" and introduces the story of Scripture to children.

Boyd says, "I believe we do a good job teaching children Bible stories, but we haven't done as good a job of teaching the Bible's story. By setting the gospel in the overall storyline of the Bible, I believe children can better see how Jesus and His friendship is truly what ties the Bible's story together from start to finish."

Boyd clearly presents the story of Scripture from creation and fall to Jesus and the new creation. It invites children to become participants in the story by becoming friends with God. Boyd also includes a helpful glossary to help adults answer questions that kids might raise as they read the book together.

Here's the real genius of the book: it's not just a children's book, it is a "parenting book disguised as a children's book." It equips parents and teachers to share the gospel with kids in a way that they will understand.

There are lots of entertaining books, movies, and curriculum for kids. What God Has Always Wanted moves beyond the normal approach of telling individual stories and teaching moral lessons, and tells God's story. This is a very encouraging book for kids, and I highly recommend it for churches, parents, teachers, and grandparents.

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